Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Mistake

Not "a" mistake... "The" mistake.

I wanted a new look (and functionality) for my primary rifle, Lucy.

In the process of removing the gas block, it comes to my attention that it's really stuck on the barrel. Much hammering and leverage didn't help. I eventually had to purchase a dremel and cut it off.

But the hammering had taken its toll. Closer inspection revealed not only thread damage, preventing reattachment of Lucy's dreaded muzzle device, but also displaced metal in the crown area.

Barrel ruined.

A new one is on the way from White Oak Armament. $350. I intend to keep Lucy in her upcoming configuration. Unless, of course, the SLR rail proves to be as flimsy as the Samson rail had been.

By the way, the picture above is Lucy, except she will wear a Magpul A2 stock and an SLR rail. I got the 16.5" rail... it comes really close to the end of the 18" barrel. New pictures posted as soon as her new barrel arrives.


  1. Sorry to hear of your woe, will be happy with the White Oak barrel, if the one I purchased from them is any measure, though it is stainless, heavy, long, 1:8 twist, and on my Neverendingproject rifle. Prints pretty little cloverleaves at 100 yards with 69gr SMKs.

    1. Thank you for reading and commenting. After seeing your comment, I realize I didn't make it clear - Lucy's old barrel was also a White Oak. 18" fluted, Rifle length gas.

      She loved the 69gr stuff.

      Got the same one on the way.


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